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The Empathizing Caregiver

8-10 yrs old

11-13 yrs old

14-18 yrs old

Social and Emotional Health

Aging is a natural process, which brings challenges with it. Students must be nurtured with the value of Empathizing with Senior Citizens.

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May 3, 2018

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Skills

  • Character
  • Citizenship
  • Creativity

External References

If Minecraft was Made for Old People

Old people are great, but what if Minecraft was MADE for them? Would there even be any noticable changes?

If an Age Bar was Added to Minecraft

If an Age Bar was Added to Minecraft the results will have to corroborate with the subject.

Empathy for the Aging

A program created in Fort McMurray where seniors spend an hour a week in the school system and interact with children

EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES

If you have a dream, idea, or invention that can make the world a better place, go towards it and together we can bring that idea to life.

Plight of the aged

Complaints of neglect by family rise despite awareness

Wisdom of the Elders

Senior Citizens Give Advice For Younger Generation. In this serious episode of Man on the Street Monday, Mark Dice seeks the wisdom of the elders.

Senior citizens meet their elementary school pen pals face-to-face

After months of writing letters in cursive, Nancy Miller and 9-year-old Ahan Jain met each other for the first time at a pizza party.

Towards a UN convention on the rights of older people

Towards a UN convention on the rights of older people

EMPATHY EDUCATION WITH MINECRAFT

Empathy lesson by Ben Kelly.

Supporting Files

The Empathizing Caregiver


Aging is a natural process, which inevitably occurs in human life cycle. We need to nurture in students the ability to empathize with senior citizens

Learning Objectives

  • Students shall develop their innovation and individual abilities to empathize with senior citizens, in need.
  • Students shall critically examine the struggles of senior citizens and brainstorm empathetic solutions
  • Students shall critically analyze the best solution after a brainstorming session to implement for the needy senior citizens.

Guiding Ideas

Aging is a natural process, which inevitably occurs in the human life cycle. It brings with a host of challenges in the life of the elderly, which are mostly engineered by the changes in their body, mind, thought process and the living patterns. Can the students develop unique communication skills and strategies to deal with older adults?

Some of the concerns the elderly might have been- disease, physical aging, physical assistance, financial security, health care costs, loneliness, abuse or neglect, transportation, changing social climate etc Can the students empathize with the elderly or senior citizens by themselves in their shoes for a while so you they could imagine what it is they are going through. When we are empathetic caregivers, we have the ability to understand what the person we are caring for is dealing with. By trying to see life from their point of view, will the students be able to better reflect on their thoughts and feelings? Students will examine their situation, generate creative solutions, critically examine and choose solutions that will best help and finally implement them while building the family a dream home.

 

Student Activities

Students can go through the video and assimilate the theme:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5mPSBdhIHY

Older People's Participation in Socially Productive Activities

Older people's participation in socially productive activities - Prof James Nazroo. A lecture delivered to the Social Policy and Ageing Research Centre (SPARC) annual conference 2010. School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.

Extreme Minecraft Makeover Home Edition

Try the lesson Empathy Education in Minecraft: Education Edition by Benjamin Kelly.

Students in groups shall select from a number of Minecrafian senior citizens who are suffering from issues related to old age and loneliness. They would visit such cases in their neighborhood or read about them, spend adequate time on research and then creatively generate a list of possible solutions that could be implemented into a NEW OLD AGE HOME for these senior citizens.

Students shall list out the possible solutions and then critically choose the solutions that they feel are technically feasible and are the best to solve the problems of the ailing elderly. This could mean a complete transformation of the land or the relocation itself. They shall present the solutions to their teacher along with a timeframe to complete.

A teacher may supervise the project by reviewing social and economic aspects of the solutions provided and approve if they feel that the solutions are technically and ethically sound too for the senior citizens.

Students then spend their allotted time working on the home for the family and complete the BIG REVEAL via screenshots. They could extend time frames with permission, if required and submit the project for evaluation.

Certificates of “The Empathizing Caregiver”, could be considered to the deserving students or groups. This project shall enhance critical thinking, collaborative and communication skills of students along with nurturing the value of empathy in them, so crucial for strengthening character.

Performance Expectations

Students will select and review a random Minecraftian senior citizen/citizens who are in need of assistance.

A brainstorming session including terraforming and relocation solutions shall be enabled by the students.

Students shall critically select the best possible solution, after critically analyzing all possibilities and give reasons for selection or rejection of solutions.

Students will present their chosen solution plan to their project head teacher and respond to any improvement requests

Students shall proceed to work within the timeframe agreed upon.

Students will capture the final build digitally and present it to their project head teacher.

Students shall be happy and feel good about the task accomplished, especially on the nurturing of the human value- empathy.

 

Skills

  • Character
  • Citizenship
  • Creativity

External References

If Minecraft was Made for Old People

Old people are great, but what if Minecraft was MADE for them? Would there even be any noticable changes?

If an Age Bar was Added to Minecraft

If an Age Bar was Added to Minecraft the results will have to corroborate with the subject.

Empathy for the Aging

A program created in Fort McMurray where seniors spend an hour a week in the school system and interact with children

EVERYBODY DIES, BUT NOT EVERYBODY LIVES

If you have a dream, idea, or invention that can make the world a better place, go towards it and together we can bring that idea to life.

Plight of the aged

Complaints of neglect by family rise despite awareness

Wisdom of the Elders

Senior Citizens Give Advice For Younger Generation. In this serious episode of Man on the Street Monday, Mark Dice seeks the wisdom of the elders.

Senior citizens meet their elementary school pen pals face-to-face

After months of writing letters in cursive, Nancy Miller and 9-year-old Ahan Jain met each other for the first time at a pizza party.

Towards a UN convention on the rights of older people

Towards a UN convention on the rights of older people

EMPATHY EDUCATION WITH MINECRAFT

Empathy lesson by Ben Kelly.

Supporting Files

The Empathizing Caregiver


Aging is a natural process, which inevitably occurs in human life cycle. We need to nurture in students the ability to empathize with senior citizens